Defense bill aids rail line effort
A defense bill making its way through Congress could yield a long-term economic boost to the Mountain Home area in addition to creating new jobs in town.
The National Defense Authorization Act approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in July includes a provision that aims to streamline an ongoing effort to transfer control of a military-owned rail spur to the City of Mountain Home.
The spur, which runs along the west end of town to Mountain Home Air Force Base, has remained unused for at least 20 years. Gaining access to that rail line would allow the city to transform more than 1,800 acres of land northeast of the local airport into an industrial park area that could accommodate factories, warehouses and other large-scale businesses.
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